Recipe by High Plains Spice Company
A shrub is a concentrated syrup that combines fruit, sugar and vinegar. Shrubs are also referred to as “drinking vinegars,” and are most commonly made with apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar. Shurbs generally take from one day to 2 weeks for the flavors to combine properly, but they are well worth the wait.
Our Raspberry Balsamic Shrub Cocktail combines juicy raspberries with Traditional Style Balsamic Vinegar or Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar. This unique cocktail is perfect for impressing your guests, or just enjoying after a long day!
2-3 days + 5 minutes
Cuisine Type: American
For the shrub:
- ½ cup raspberries
- ¼ cup sugar (2 tbsp for a less sweet shrub)
- ½ cup Traditional Style Balsamic Vinegar or Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar
For a Single Cocktail:
- 1-2 oz. Gin
- 1 oz. shrub syrup
- 1/2 cup Sparkling Water
- Squeeze of lime
- Fresh basil (optional)
Combine the raspberries and sugar; mash with a fork until well-combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Once a syrupy liquid has accumulated, strain through a fine mesh sieve. You can reserve the solids to use over yogurt or on toast. Stir the Traditional Style Balsamic Vinegar or Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar into the syrup and refrigerate for several hours (ideally a day or more), stirring occasionally to help dissolve the sugar.
To assemble the cocktails: Muddle a few leaves of basil in the bottom of a glass. Remove basil leaves and add 1-2 oz. of gin, 1 oz. of shrub syrup, ½ cup sparking water, a squeeze of lime and stir. Adjust components to taste. Feel free to substitute strawberries for raspberries in this recipe!